Sustainability, the Obsession of Architects during the 2nd City Planning Forum
Work is in progress these days in preparation for the 2nd city planning forum in Jubail Industrial City (JIC) under the title of “Prospective Challenges for City Planning”. The forum shall last for two days from 11-12/04/1435 H (11-12/02/2014) at the Exhibition and Conference Hall in the city under the scientific supervision and sponsorship of the faculty of Environmental Designs, represented by the City and Regional Planning Department of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and under the patronage of His Highness, Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thanayyan Al-Saud, the Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.
The forum aims at informing the audience about the latest developments in the field of planning and how to utilize the international experiments in this regard. The forum hosts a number of engineers and academics, who are going to address a lot of topics such as sustainable development, managing city growth, transportation planning, urban development, the economic dimension, and urban design.
Despite a complete session has been dedicated to a discussion about sustainable development, the obsession about sustainability expanded to some titles of work papers in other sessions, which shows the sincere concern of architects not to rely on traditionalism in designing new cities.
Among the most prominent work papers to be presented during the forum are those on planning and designing the health aspects and the sustainable urban development at the local communities of Saudi ARAMCO, a way to explore and design a new sustainable urban pattern for the new cities, the impact of territorial division on the economic efficiency of the city, the impact of the governmental policies on land use planning, and rehabilitation of urban slums in Jeddah.
It is worth mentioning that Jubail Industrial City (JIC) occupies an advanced position in the industrial field worldwide. The city has been built according to an advanced architectural style more than three decades ago; and it is still seeking to expand its international progress through showing its interests in the fields of city planning, housing, environment, and city landscaping, in spite of the fact that it is an industrial city in the first place. JIC was awarded for being the best landscaped Arab City by the Arab Towns Organization. Moreover, it has been awarded a lot of environmental and international prizes in attracting investments, not to mention that the city was awarded many prizes in other fields.